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Week of April 18, 2019

From the Head of School

At the heart of our faith lies remembrance.” (Jon Meacham, author and historian)

We are halfway through Holy Week, the week that begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter. Christians recognize this week as the Passion of Jesus Christ and remember the events of His life through the lighting of candles, fasting, and prayer. The relationship between faith and remembrance is common in all religious and/or spiritual practices. I observe it when I visit churches, synagogues, and mosques. I embrace it when I am in a yoga class or on a nature retreat. I search for it in the happiest of times and the saddest of times.

I have never been to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, but as I watched the crowds gather outside as it burned, I know that it was faith and remembrance that brought the community to their spot, and I am certain that all were not Catholic or even Christian.

Easter Weekend is special at Salem Academy, and not just because students have a four-day weekend. God’s Acre, which is next to our campus, is the location for two very special events in the history of the Moravian Church: On Saturday morning, a combination of church members, families, and friends gather to assist in grave cleaning, and on Sunday morning, the 6:00 am Moravian Easter Sunrise Service begins in front of Home Moravian Church and concludes in God’s Acre. This is a community event, so all are welcome to attend. Here is a link for more information: http://www.salemcongregation.org/salem-congregation-ministries/easter-sunrise-service-2/

Whatever your faith, whatever your practice - may you find peace, comfort, and love in your method of remembrance.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Salem Academy Spring Preview

Salem Academy will host a Spring Preview for prospective families on Wednesday, April 24th beginning at 6:00 pm. Families can take a tour of campus, meet with the Admissions Office, and get a sneak peek of the Spring Theatre Production by attending the dress rehearsal for Sense & Sensibility. Parents, please share with anyone you think might be interested in attending Salem Academy in the fall, or in future years. Remember, we are offering a $1000 referral bonus for any family who refers a potential student to Salem Academy, and who ultimately deposits to attend.

Advanced Theatre Friday Class Takes The Stage

The Advanced Theatre Friday class performed a mask play for assembly on Monday, April 15th. The students in the class designed and created masks and devised a play centered on life lesson titled Salem’s Fables, Persistence is Key and Learn From Your Mistakes.  The performance was well done and the students created an interesting and imaginative play.​


Salem Academy Model UN Club wins Best School Delegation Award

     Salem Academy’s Model United Nations Club competed at the annual Spring Conference at Appalachian State University on Thursday, April 11. Fourteen students were divided into nine delegations, and served on five UN committees: Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM), Special Policy, Second Congo War crisis committee, 1956 Suez Canal crisis committee, and Modern Atlantropa crisis committee.

    Four delegations won awards at the conference: Cait Kinnamon and Althea Bennett won Honorable Mention in the SOCHUM committee, Jeanine Ikekhua won Honorable Mention in the Second Congo War crisis committee, Tochi Okoli won Outstanding Delegate in the 1956 Suez Canal crisis committee, and Peace Ajirotutu and Lucy Calaway won Best Delegation in the Special Policy committee.

    Additionally, Salem Academy also won Best School Delegation at the conference! It is the second conference this year in which Salem Academy has won the Best School Delegation award, the first time being at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Model UN conference in February 2019. It is the first time that Salem’s Model UN Club has won back-to-back Best School Delegation awards. This is attribute to the skills and talent of our students, and especially to the leadership of our senior delegates and officers: Peace Ajirotutu, Tochi Okoli, Alia Agee, and Ashley Hart. We look forward to another successful Model UN season next year!

2019 Prom: "Secret Garden"

On April 6th, the junior class transformed Bryant Hall and patio to Salem’s very own “Secret Garden” for the 2019 Junior/Senior Prom.  Students dazzled in their prom gowns and adorned their hair with floral crowns to match the evening’s theme. They danced the night away and of course, we took pictures of how lovely they all looked!!  Thank you to the junior class, the junior class sponsors (Janet Materdo and Yi-Wen Liu), and the prom servers for all their efforts in creating a beautiful evening!

To view the entire prom albumclick here


Upcoming Activities and Events


How Girls Achieve - Bookmarks Program

Spring Theatre Production

Theater Department Needs Your Help

Dear Parents and Students;

 The Theatre Department is underway and we are preparing to open our next play.  Over the past several years we have sold refreshments during intermission for the performances. The money goes towards the theatre celebration at the end of the year.  We are in need of things to sell. If you are willing, we are looking for bottles of water, and snack foods like Little Debbie cakes or homemade cookies and brownies or little bags of chips.  The cookies and brownies will need to be individually wrapped. Donations can be sent to school with your daughter, or they can be brought to the theatre on performance nights.

  Also, we will be having a cast/crew party right after strike after the last Sunday performance.  If anyone wants to donate food and drink for the students it would be greatly appreciated. They will probably miss dinner so this will be something they will attack with great hunger.  We have about 30 students involved with the show.

  All the students who are signed up for any crew are required to be at set strike which begins at 3:45 on Sunday, April 28th.  Any parents or relatives can come and help as well. We always need extra hands and especially extra drills.

 It is always a pleasure working with the students on a show and I am looking forward to working with them again in future productions.  Please call or email me if you have any questions at kerry.lawson@salem.edu or 336-917-5508.

Thank you,

Kerry Lawson

Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence

The Parents’ Association of Salem Academy established the Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence in memory of Joel Weston and to honor the faculty and staff of Salem Academy. The first award was presented at the Recognition Program in the spring of 1986.

We will be providing the opportunity for nominations from students, faculty, and staff, and we would also welcome nominations from parents. Click here for the criteria for the award and the nomination form. To place someone’s name in nomination, send their name and a few brief remarks about why you feel they deserve this award. Please submit all nominations with supporting statements to Kathy Barnes, kathyw.barnes@salem.edu.  The deadline for submitting nominations for the Weston Award has been extended through Friday, April 26.

Salem Academy Calendar and Major Dates

Click here to review Salem Academy’s academic calendar for the 2019-2020 school year; major dates for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 are included as well.

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!
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2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids


Athletics Update - Track and Field

Away Track Meet - Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Lady Sabers traveled to High Point Athletic Complex for their fourth meet of the season. It was a cloudy day with warm breezy temperatures. As the ladies prepared for the meet, they were told to take a deep breath, run fast and enjoy the moment. 

The day was started by Jessie Gentles jumping to a personal record, or PR, of 10ft, 5.50in in the women’s long jump. The triple threat of Aaliyah BrownSophia Gnad, and Gentles all finished respectfully in the event.

Heating up the track, the Sabers 4x100m relay quartet of Jenae EdwardsMonica ConleyTiarra Georges, and Sydney Whitt took first place, finishing in 55.35 seconds.  Sydney Whitt and Emma Machle both ran PR’s in the 400m, finishing in the top 15 in the field. Monica Conley held it down in the 100m, winning her heat as well as the event in total.  Sophia Iltis brought her talents to the track and had a huge PR in the 3200m, which closed out the track events.

The throwers had a great day in the ring, leaving the meet with four PRs and a school record. Both Jade Alston (71-06) and Jyana Seaman (62-00) threw the discus to a new personal best. Jade hurdled the shot to another PR of 25-01.75.  Miracle Etim-Andy showed out as always throwing the shot to a new PR and school record of 35-10.50 ft.

Personal records were the following:

Shot Put: Miracle Etim-Andy & Jade Alston

Discus: Jade Alston & Jyana Seaman

400: Sydney Whitt & Emma Machle

LJ: Jessie Gentles

3200: Sophia Iltis

4x100m relay: Jenae Edwards, Monica ConleyTiarra Georges, & Sydney Whitt

All in all, it was a very successful day both on and off the track. The Lady Sabers will take the week off and focus on recovery. 

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 0-8 (Away)

The Sabers traveled to High Point on Tuesday to take on conference foes Westchester Country Day School. The Wildcats showed up ready to play and put Salem under pressure from the first whistle. The Sabers never gave up and fought to the very end. Angelina Pierre had another exceptional game in the goal and Emma Kanzler and Sophia Iltis both played hard and provided a solid performance for Salem. The teams will meet again next week for a rematch at Salem on Tuesday.

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